Anti-Oppression Resources

The following resources have been recommended by community members or other meditation centers. A * indicates that a Common Ground teacher has found this resource quite useful.

Common Ground Resources

Talks and resources for talks given by teachers at Common Ground:

Resources from our broader mindfulness meditation community

Talks

Websites

  • East Bay Meditation Center is an intentionally diverse sangha in Oakland, CA. They have collected a lot of resources around diversity and Buddhism.
  • White Awake provides resources and dharma-based support for developing a racial awareness program.  

Articles

Books (many of which are in our reference library or lending library)

  • Dharma, Color, and Culture (in Common Ground’s library), Hilda Gutierrez Baldoquin, ed.
  • Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman’s Buddhist Journey, Janice Willis
  • Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist Communities, Sheridan Adams, Mushim Ikeda-Nash, Jeff Kitzes, Margarita Loinaz, Choyin Rangdrol, Jessica Tan, Larry Yang
  • Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun, Faith Adiele

Other anti-oppression resources

Websites

  • ASDIC (Antiracism Study and DIalogue Circle) is an esteemed workshop provider based in St. Paul. Common Ground partnered with them to host a 10-week circle for 30 of our leaders in 2016.
  • Colorlines is a daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis.
  • *Harvard Implicit Bias Test
  • IMM Print is “a publication about immigration detention, but not of it. Being caged does not define us, but our voices grow in a society that incarcerates more than any other on Earth. Here, we speak beyond borders and walls, we share our stories in their own right, and we shine light on a system designed to keep us in the dark.”
  • The Microaggressions Project seeks to provide a visual representation of brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward “social others”.
  • Voices for Racial Justice‘s mission is to advance racial, cultural, social, and economic justice in Minnesota through organizer and leadership training, strategic convenings and campaigns, and research and policy tools.
  • Healing Minnesota Stories – Working towards understanding and healing between Native American and Non-Native peoples.  Primarily for a white audience, this site contains articles and blogs that try to elevate Native American stories and educational events to contribute to understanding and healing.

Video & film

Articles

Books (many of which are in our reference library or lending library)

  • A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander. The New Press (January 2010).
  • Waking Up White, Debby Irving. Elephant Room Press (January 2014) (PDF may be available online.)
  • The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing, Joe R. Feagin (this is the book we used in our ASDIC antiracism circle)
  • White Birch, Red Hawthorn, A Memoir, by Nora Murphy